Fresh Fig and Amaretto Clafoutis

12 Aug

s4I love fresh figs. I love the smell of them when they are on the trees. It smells like coconut sun cream when I run past them with the dog. Like Hawaian Tropic. I also think Jo Malone’s perfume, Wild Fig & Cassis, smells like coconut too. That’s my favourite summer fragrance, in case you were wondering. Which you weren’t. That and Clarins Eau Dynamisante.


So back to figs. That actually may be the smell of them rotting on the ground. That’s the thing with fig trees, you always end up with a glut of figs. We are coming to the end of the early season figs here at the moment called “Brevas”. They are larger and darker coloured whereas the later season ones “Higos”, that are starting to ripen now, are smaller and light green.

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So what do you do with a mountain of fresh figs? I do have a lot of recipes using fresh figs like this Fiery Fig Chutney, this Fresh Fig & Goats Cheese Quiche, and this Fresh Fig & Almond Ice Cream.

Fresh Fig & Amaretto Clafoutis

But my favourite at the moment is this clafoutis. It’s quick, easy and not at all bad for you really. Amaretto aside, of course. But a world without Amaretto would be a much sadder place don’t you think?

Fresh Fig & Amaretto ClafoutisFresh Fig & Amaretto Clafoutis Recipe

Makes 3 small individual, double recipe for 1 large one

  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground almonds
  • 165 ml (3/4 cup) goat’s (or Greek) yoghurt)
  • grated zest of 1/4 orange
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a few drops of almond essence
  • 2 tsp amaretto liqueur
  • 2 or 3 figs quartered
  • flaked almonds

Preheat oven to 180C and oil & flour your tins or terracotta dishes.

Separate the yolks and the whites into 2 bowls. Whisk the yolks and honey until pale and creamy. Gently fold in the flour & ground almonds and stir in the yoghurt, essences, amaretto, salt & orange zest.

With an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites until firm and fluffy like meringue. Add a little of the whites to the other mixture to loosen it then carefully fold in the rest of the whites trying not top deflate them too much. When the white is incorporated into the rest, pour the mixture into the prepared dishes and top with the pieces of fig.

Bake for about 15 minutes then scatter over a few flaked almonds and bake for another 5 minutes until cooked. Longer for a large clafoutis.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Fresh Fig & Almond Clafoutis



13 Responses to “Fresh Fig and Amaretto Clafoutis”

  1. Sue Sharpe (@suesharpe1) August 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    With three large fig trees, I’m always on the look-out for more recipes. Thank you – they all sound delicious but I’ll be trying the clafoutis first! 🙂

  2. acrusteaten August 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    I’ve got some individual terracotta dishes, who knew you could do more than serve tapas in them! Thanks for the idea, the clafoutis looks lip smacking good!

  3. frugalfeeding August 13, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Amazing dessert! I’ve only made this with strawberries. This must be so much richer and densely flavoursome. Yum. (Looks gorgeous too!)

  4. Chica Andaluza August 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Beautiful desert – seems we like the same puds and the same perfumes 🙂

  5. margaret21 August 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    I’m simply not a clafoutis fan. It always tasted like sweet failed Yorkshire pud to me. But this looks worth a go, even though…. I’m not really a cooked fig fan either

  6. thekalechronicles August 14, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    I love clafouti — and I’ve never thought to make it with figs. I shall have to try it. Thank you.

  7. Three Well Beings August 14, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    I have two fig trees, courtesy of the birds, ready to be transplanted when the weather cools a bit! I love figs. I have never made clafouti, but this is a beautiful recipe! I am eager to give it a try!

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide August 15, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    Simply beautiful!

  9. atbankofdam August 23, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Reblogged this on atbankofdam.

  10. kellie@foodtoglow August 23, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Gorgeous, Natalie. I can’t wait for figs to arrive here in the UK. I was actually looking for some yesterday for a salad for may cancer nutrition workshop, but alas, none 😦 Like Margaret I’m not really a clafoutis fan (I don'[t like eggy sweet things) but seeing as I like my cherry chocolate clafoutis, and I love figs, I bet I would like this too.

  11. Lindsay September 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    This looks unbelievably delicious. You’ve outdone yourself Natalie!

  12. Food,Photography & France September 16, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    What a fabulous blog. Very glad to have found you…via Life in Laroque.

  13. Egginon September 26, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    If you like figs check out my Caramelized Fig, Onion, and Goat Cheese Pizza with Balsamic Glaze!
    Thanks for always sharing such good recipes!

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